Perfect for weddings, birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Bar and Bat Mitzvahs, art openings, corporate, political, philanthropic functions, or any other special event.
Empire Hall holds 120-200 guests for a sit-down event (depending on dance floor size and band or DJ specifications) or 300 people for a cocktail party. The venue features loft space - available to be used as a VIP area, bridal salon or DJ booth - as well as a beautiful custom-built double bar and a catering garage with prepping tables for service. A basement area, available for an additional fee, offers a unique underground event space.
Add the basement space to any rental for $650, or rent it alone for $800.
Outside caterers are welcome.
*Pricing is based on 4 hours of service.
Empire Hall was designed by August Foell and built in 1894. for Henry W. Heuermann, who used the space for his dry goods store for several years. In 1908, while Heuermann remodeled the southern part of his store for playing moving pictures, he briefly ran The Empire Billiard Hall - our beloved venue's namesake - out of the building's basement.
The commercial first floor was divided into two spaces until 1943, when Arthur Hess redeveloped the entire ground level for Hess Hardware, which operated for over 30 years in the space. This large combined ground floor is complemented by the storefront's strong columns (selected by Foell) which allow natural light to pour into the space through the building's large display windows.